Inaugural athletic training class earns 100% pass rate on certification exam


Mercer University’s inaugural class of Master of Athletic Training (MAT) students recently achieved a 100% first-time pass rate on the Board of Certification (BOC) exam.

“We are very proud of this inaugural cohort,” said Dr. Bill Holcomb, program director and professor of athletic training. “These students worked very hard for two years as our program was evolving, and we congratulate them on this tremendous accomplishment.”

The BOC was incorporated in 1989 to provide a certification program for entry-level athletic trainers. It is recognized by all state regulatory agencies to meet the exam requirement to practice as an athletic trainer.

The national average for first-time pass rate in 2019-2020 was 77.6%. Data from the 2020-2021 exam cycle will be available in 2021.

Mercer’s College of Health Professions launched the MAT program on the Macon campus in June 2018 and graduated its first class in May. 

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Kyle is senior director of media relations at Mercer. In addition to being the primary media contact for most academic and administrative units of the university, he serves as editor of the Mercerian alumni magazine and News@Mercer e-newsletters, and he coordinates hometown and university news releases.